Boat catches fire, sinks in Lyttelton Harbour

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Thick black smoke spread across Lyttelton Harbour after a boat caught fire and sank earlier today.

Lyttelton Harbour as seen from the Port Hills.

Photo: 123RF / Gary Webber

The Coastguard says seven people were on board when the blaze broke out close to Quail Island around midday.

People were reportedly seen jumping into the water for safety, but no one is believed to have been injured.

A coastguard spokesperson said there were plans to retrieve the boat from the bottom of the harbour later next week.

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